There is an age old war between monkeys and bananas that we don’t even know about. King Tongue is a new iOS game that shines light on this conflict, and lets you play as King Tongue, who is the lord of the monkeys, as you take on waves of armed bananas. The bananas have rocket launchers, helicopters, bombs, flying super heroes, and more, but King Tongue has his tongue. That might not sound like much, but the tongue acts like a grappling hook that slings the King into enemies, or pulls them towards him.
King Tongue delivers a crazy concept as the backdrop for an arcade action game that is all about defeating every banana soldier that appears wave after wave. The game features 30 levels with each one featuring multiple waves of enemies to dispatch. There are numerous ways to beat the bananas, but it all comes down to one touch gameplay. You simply tap where you want to send your tongue to, and then King Tongue reels in to that point. King Tongue knocks away any banana in his path as he’s flying along, and can also reel in bananas for a different kind of beatdown. There are multiple types of enemies with some requiring different strategies to take out.
King Tongue delivers pure simple arcade fun that is easy to get into the swing of things, but tough to put down. It’s entertaining to tap around the screen to send King Tongue all around to take out any bananas you can find. Each level is an enclosed arena, and you can tap on any wall of enemies to latch on to for great flow throughout the level. King Tongue has so much power, and it’s all available in an accessible manner of just tapping. The game does sound a bit easy, but the bananas aren’t just sitting ducks as the launch attacks at you, and just one hit and it’s game over. There’s also a multiplier system to rack up consecutive hits without too much time in between hits. The game style can be a bit repetitive at times, but the arcade animations, personality of King Tongue, and upbeat soundtrack keep that from your mind. On occasion, the game didn’t connect a tap with any space to latch the tongue on to, but that wasn’t very often.
King Tongue ($1.99, Universal) delivers a fast paced beat ‘em up with an all new set-up that is well worth picking up.